When I woke up yesterday I was looking forward to the great services we would have in church and the only other thing that ran through my mind as I descended the stirs was that I needed to talk to the judges that were at the project presentation I did on Saturday. The story became a different one as I approached the vehicle. My cousin came in hurriedly in a bid to beat the rain and shouted, ‘I am not going to church. My daughter was admitted yesterday into one of the wards at Gbagada geneal hospital and wife is still there with her so I have to go to the hospital.’
I felt comfortable going to the hospital with him since we were going to have four services and I could miss the first and second services to see this cute little baby. As we approached the hospital my cousin told me about how another baby girl that was brought to the hospital about the same time his daughter was taken there had died at 12 am when the doctors could not locate a vein in her head. Before that time the father of this baby that was lost and my cousin were to go to a laboratory to do a blood test for the blood sample that had been taken by the doctor. They were both given the same address but the other man went to another place so he could not return with the result of the blood test which made it more difficult for the doctors to decide what to do until the baby was finally lost even though she was placed on a life support machine for a few hours.
When I looked to the right side of the ward were my little nice was gently snoring I saw, for the first time, an incubator and really tiny babies in them who were being watched by their mothers. I came close to tears not for the baby that had been lost but for the fact that when babies were in incubators power holdings company interrupted power supply and for the next 15 minutes there was not electricity in the building. I had initially been complaining about electricity because of the need to do business online or the need to have some business machines running. For the first time I saw the impact of electricity directly on a human’s life. The babies have been born before they were due to be born and their only hope is to be I the incubator till they are fully developed but electricity is now becoming an issue.
I began to think about the so many issues that we have to deal with in the country. I asked myself, ‘how will I motivate a woman who just lost her baby and convince her that things will get better?’ What I saw at the hospital showed me the magnitude of work that needs to be done in the country and as a young man preparing to be a change agent I said to myself, ‘Fola you have a lot of work to do.’ In a nation where health care is still a nightmare for the people, we have some representatives and politicians stilling billions of dollars and they will still come back to contest in elections. If you have read this far then I need to tell you that what we need is not just ordinary change. It is a revolutionary change that really begins with the decisions that we take as individuals and then as a group or as a nation. We must begin to do things different and be selfless. It is only the selfless nature we all have as individuals that we become obvious when we come together as a nation and we can develop our society.
Be the first to change, because the process begins with you and I!
Fola Daniel Adelesi, ASM